Entries Tagged as 'race'

Face it Buchanan, America is Changing

November 21st, 2011 at 3:11 pm 143 Comments

In British tradition there is a one-line statement that announces the passing of a monarch:

“The King is dead. Long live the King.”

A political institution with a 1500 year history spanning war, conquest, and in several instances its own apparent extinction, can afford to take a little bad news in stride. The end of one reign is merely the dawn of the next. We, on the other hand, are seldom so stiff-lipped over the passing of an era.

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Upward Mobility: It’s a Race Thing

November 11th, 2011 at 1:06 pm 62 Comments

You don’t have to accept some of the anarchistic radicalism at Occupy Wall Street to admit that America is a country with high income inequality and low upward mobility. Some Conservatives have tried to obfuscate this reality but others are actually wrestling with it.

A recent issue of National Review is thankfully in this latter camp and has an essay by Scott Winship which goes over the research produced by the Pew Economic Mobility Project as well as recent work from the Brookings Institute.

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Cain Was Not Playing A ‘Race Card’

October 4th, 2011 at 2:03 pm 111 Comments

There is a difference between being post-racial and racially blind. Herman Cain’s resume is as long as my driveway. He is highly intelligent and energetic, prostate a mathematician and Navy man who exudes positivism and confidence and has accomplished much. He will tell anyone who listens that he owes much of his success to the opportunities afforded him by the USA. This is a someone who has expressed no residual anger against the USA for the stains of the racist past, sale ones which Mr. Cain, patient as a Black man growing up in Jim Crow Georgia, surely experienced first hand. Instead he has chosen to base his message on America’s best todays rather than its worst yesterdays.

Now, he has been reluctantly pulled into a controversy over an offensive word that was reportedly etched on a rock outside of a hunting ranch leased by Governor Rick Perry. Apparently the word “Niggerhead” was what it read, until painted over after some time in the early 1980s by Perry. Still, Cain has been repeatedly asked, what does it say about his opponent for the nomination?

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Limbaugh: How Dare Cain Find “Niggerhead” Offensive

October 4th, 2011 at 7:34 am 127 Comments

After a story this weekend unturned the most famous rock in the recent history of presidential politics, some made a prediction which I hoped would prove incorrect: The person most at risk of harm from a racial controversy in the GOP race would prove to be Herman Cain. Cain has thrived in part by reassuring Republicans on race. The speech that won him the Florida CPAC straw poll passionately denied that there was any racial component to opposition to the Obama administration. But what would happen if Cain deviated from this script?

He deviated this Weekend. He said of the painted stone on the Perry Hunting tract: “Since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place.”

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Glenn Beck Wants A Whiter Spider-Man

August 3rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm 111 Comments

Glenn Beck has a problem with the new Spider-Man, and he thinks Michelle Obama is to blame.

In one of Marvel’s comic series, Peter Parker has been killed off and the mantle of Spider-Man will be taken up by a new character: Miles Morales, who is half-black and half-Hispanic.

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Mississippi GOP’s Embarrassing Interracial Fears

April 10th, 2011 at 8:46 am 104 Comments

Public Policy Polling released a survey last week that should cause stomachs to churn throughout polite society; among Republican primary voters in Mississippi, look 46% of respondents believe that interracial marriage should not be legal.

Let’s set aside for a moment the question of whether or not this is a uniquely Republican problem, sale and deduce the basic message: nearly half of the poll’s respondents believe a marriage should be criminalized based simply on the skin color of its partners.   Combined with 14% of those who said they were “not sure”, you have an astounding 60% of Mississippi Republicans believing that marriage between members of two different races may be a criminal act.

As an urban dweller and lifelong northeastern resident, it’s difficult to express my bewilderment with a poll showing the issue of miscegenation still being a considerable issue (one wonders what prompted PPP to even include the question). As a person of mixed race, it’s inherently understood that there are still pockets of the world in which such a thing is frowned upon. However, it’s quite another matter entirely to find 60% of a state’s voters unsure of whether interracial marriage is a crime. After all, those opposed to same-sex marriage fall back on the notion that marriage’s sanctity lies in its partnership between one man and one woman. What justification is there for the illegality of a marriage between one man and one woman of divergent skin colors? There apparently remains a sad but not inconsiderable portion of the electorate that considers the partnership between whites and non-whites to be endangering to societal norms.

There are plenty of substantive policy differences to be had between President Obama and Republican primary voters. But as our first black president begins his campaign for reelection, a sickening number of those who would oppose him appear to believe that his very existence should have been prevented in the first place. As a Republican, there are virtually no circumstances under which I would support President Obama for reelection. Yet all Republicans must acknowledge that a vote on the issues counts the same as a vote for intolerance, and do everything that they possibly can to separate the voice of the former from the latter.

We will likely never make as much progress on issues of race as most of us would like, and yet substantial progress has undeniably been made from the darkest days of our nation’s history. Republicans cannot permit themselves to appear to be a party—as F. Scott Fitzgerald timelessly wrote—“borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

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Race-Baiting, Atlanta Style

September 2nd, 2009 at 7:39 am 11 Comments

Vote for me because I’m Black! City politics in Atlanta has sunk to a new low. An incendiary email is circulating among blacks in the city urging the “critical importance of electing a black mayor at all costs” over a white one in November’s municipal election.

Attributed to the Black Leadership Forum, the email emphasizes that since Maynard Jackson was elected the city’s first black mayor in 1973, a black person had led the city government for the past quarter century and demands that this status quo be maintained. Of the five candidates running for mayor, one is white and has a good chance of winning: Councilwoman Mary Norwood. A recent poll by Insider Advantage finds that Norwood would receive 30% of voters ahead of the two black front-runners, City Council President Lisa Borders who received 28% and Democratic State Senator Kasim Reed.

Political consultant Aaron Turpeau has admitted helping distribute the email. He explained that some blacks worry that blacks would be “getting fewer city contracts” if a white mayor were elected. Black candidate Lisa Borders, is endorsed by the memo only because “she is the best black candidate in the race who has a chance to win the election because she can attract downtown white support.” Turpeau urges heavy black turnout to avoid a run-off that Norwood might win.

“The changing demographics which show a more rapid growth in the city’s white population (faster and a higher percentage than anywhere else in the country) requires that we critically evaluate all candidates.”

But the problem for race activists like Turpeau is not only whites.  David Bositis, an expert on urban voting patterns at the Joint Center, says “Voter dissatisfaction has helped propel white candidates to mayoral victories in majority African-American cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland and Gary, Ind.”

Black voters are recognizing that to vote solely on race opens the way to your own exploitation.  If the race-baiting is uglier in Atlanta than usual, maybe that’s a sign that the power of racial politics is truly waning.